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The Voyage of “The Library of Congress” Motion Picture

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

“The Library of Congress,” a 20-minute motion picture from the 1940s, is not only a loving homage to the Library, rich with Hollywood production values, but it is also associated with a few significant nodes in history: World War II, the creation of the Library’s motion picture archives and the population of cyberspace with cultural …

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NEH Grants Relating to Digital Preservation

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

The following is a guest post by Barrie Howard, Program Management Coordinator, NDIIPP. In my work at NDIIPP I’ve been looking at U.S. government grant programs that have funded digital preservation since 2000. I discovered that funding has been sourced primarily from the Library of Congress and four other agencies: the Institute of Museum and …

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Meeting of the Federal Agencies Audiovisual Working Group

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

The following is a guest post by Jimi Jones, Digital Archivist with the Office of Strategic Initiatives. The Federal Agencies Audiovisual Working Group held a meeting on July 28, 2011. The meeting was attended by professionals from several agencies including the Library of Congress, the National Archives (NARA) and the Smithsonian. The Library of Congress …

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Full Open Source Release of Recollection Platform

Posted by: Mike Ashenfelder

The following is a guest post by Trevor Owens, Digital Archivist with the Office of Strategic Initiatives. We are happy to announce the full open source release of the Recollection software platform. Briefly, Recollection is a web application that enables librarians, archivists, curators, and historians to create dynamic interfaces to cultural heritage collections. If you …

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Web Archive Preservation Planning

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

The following is a guest post by Nicholas Taylor, Information Technology Specialist for the Repository Development Group. Though presented as a unified experience, a website depends on many interrelated parts: document markup and dynamic code, assorted binary file types, software interpreters and platforms. The challenge of web archive preservation planning is to save this experience, …

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Ask the Recommending Officer: The Civil War Sesquicentennial Web Archive

Posted by: Butch Lazorchak

The following is a guest post by Abbie Grotke,  Web Archiving Team Lead at the Library of Congress. As I’ve written about before, LC takes a selective approach when archiving the web. Selection of sites is not something we automate; Recommending Officers (or, “ROs” in LC lingo), do this work. Recommending materials for addition to …